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Norway fires first ground-based Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from NASAMS launcher

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The Royal Norwegian Air Force successfully fired a Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile from a National Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile System. During the first-of-its-kind test at the Andoya Rocket Range in Northern Norway, the ESSM intercepted and destroyed an air target. “Completion of this live-fire exercise is a major step forward in our efforts to qualify ESSM…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to Royal Air Force of Oman

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Lockheed Martin has received a $23 million contract from the Royal Air Force of Oman to provide additional Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for their F-16 fleet.

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Embraer selects Boeing to provide weapons integration for A-29 Super Tucano

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Embraer and Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow July 10 announced an agreement that further enhances the collaboration between the two companies and brings additional capabilities to Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano through new weapons integration developments to meet future customer requirements. The new weapons integration capacity enhances the solution presented to the U.S. Air Force Light…

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Northrop Grumman’s NG-AGS completes field test, readies for next phase

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Northrop Grumman announced July 10 that its Next Generation Automated Detection System for homeland defense applications has successfully completed a rigorous field test and is ready for the program’s next phase. The NG-ADS technology is a competitor for the Department of Homeland Security’s upcoming BioWatch Gen-3 Phase II acquisition. The program seeks to deploy a…

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Bradley upgrades: Ahead of schedule, under budget

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BAE Systems recently completed Bradley Urban Survivability Kit III upgrades to 236 U.S. Army Bradley A3 Fighting Vehicles stationed in Korea one month early and 20 percent under budget.

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BAE Systems’ Taranis passes the test

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Taranis, the United Kingdom's unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator, has successfully completed a series of key tests on the way to commencing flight trials in 2013.

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XCOR establishing new commercial spaceflight R&D center in Texas

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The Midland Development Corporation and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced July 9 the establishment of XCOR’s new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters that will be created over the next 18 months in Midland, Texas. XCOR manufactures reusable rocket engines for major aerospace prime contractors and is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the Lynx,…

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Aerojet planning European space propulsion subsidiary

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced July 9 that it has entered the final planning of the formation of a European subsidiary to serve the needs of the European space industry. The new company, European Space Propulsion, will use indigenous manufacturing and engineering talent to produce proven in-space thrusters and propulsion systems. European Space Propulsion is…

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Boeing, Virgin Australia announce order for 23 737 MAX

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Boeing and Virgin Australia finalized a firm order for 23 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes with options for four additional 737 MAX airplanes July 6.

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Airbus-Alabama’s Future – Airbus impact like Mercedes

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Phillip Rawls

The governor who recruited Mercedes-Benz to Alabama said the Airbus plant in Mobile could have the same transforming effect on the state that Alabama’s first auto assembly plant had without creating a political backlash over the $158 million the state is paying to secure the plant. Former Gov. Jim Folsom said the aerospace industry was…

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